There’s nothing quite like getting off the well-trodden tourist trail in search of something a little different. After all, nobody wants their travel album to look like something straight out of the brochure. We’re all about authentic experiences. That’s why we’ve handpicked a whole range of unique holiday experiences across the world. Pick pineapples on a farm in Costa Rica, live like a Gaucho on the wild plains of Argentina or travel with the locals by bus and train in Myanmar. From friendly homestays to jungle lodges, our choice of unusual and unique trips are designed to give your holiday an authentic edge.
Spend a night with a Costa Rican tribe
Make your way into the Costa Rican jungle by boat to spend some time with the BriBri Tribe. After being welcomed into the village, and maybe a quick dip in the river, you’ll learn about their culture and way of life, as well as getting involved in making some delicious chocolate. You’ll spend the night in a traditional cabana, surrounded by the buzz of the jungle.
Journey through a lunar landscape in India
Travel through the moon-like landscapes of North-West India, passing ancient Himalayan monasteries and villages on your way. You’ll pass between Buddhist Ladakh and Muslim Kashmir, giving you a taste of two very different cultures first hand. It’ll be an unforgettable journey.
Whizz through Vietnam on the back of a vintage Vespa
Scoot through Saigon on a vintage Vespa, searching for hidden street food hotspots. Zip through the backstreets after dark, sample tasty traditional snacks in the city and listen to local live music as you sip on a Vietnamese coffee. It’s a night tour and a foodie adventure rolled into one.
Spot Wildlife in the remote Bolivian Pampas
Travel by 4×4 past remote villages to the Yacuma River before taking a wooden canoe through dense jungle scenery in Bolivia’s Pampas. Go piranha fishing by day and alligator spotting by night. The high trees and walls of impenetrable green are a perfect hiding place for the animals here.
Travel the local way in Myanmar
Ready for an authentic adventure? This bite-size trip in Myanmar will whisk you off to discover laid back villages and breathtaking landscapes. Travel by boat down the Dokthawaddy River, hop on a local bus to trek through remote villages and take the train over the mighty Gokteik Viaduct. This unique experience is all about the journey, not just the destination.
Peer into the heart of an active volcano in Nicaragua
Hike to the mouth of the active Masaya Volcano on an evening trip from the capital. See parakeets and bats along the way then peer into the crater mouth, and observe the lava activity of a recent crater formed in 2006. The red glow of the lava lightens the whole surroundings.
Cook up a Sri Lankan curry at a local homestay
Get a real taste of Sri Lanka on a traditional homestay in Kandy as you learn to cook with the family at home in the curry kitchen. It’s a really authentic way of experiencing daily life and discovering the secrets of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine.
Want a more authentic experience for your next family holiday? Jeremy, Karen & Joseph Head (aged 7) were overwhelmed by the warmth of their Thai homestay.